Essential Reads

The Bonus Effect

By Alfie Kohn on September 27, 2016 in The Homework Myth
If you're told "Do this, and you'll get that," you're likely to become less interested in "this" -- and more interested in "that." Especially if "that" turns out to be money.

Making Better Medical Decisions

By Haider Warraich M.D. on September 26, 2016 in On Modern Medicine
Modern healthcare can come with a dizzying array of options, many of which could mean different destinations.

Should You Quit Your Job When You Start a New Business?

What entrepreneurship research says about working in your startup part-time vs. full-time.

Trying to Explain the Inexplicable

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in What the Luck?
We are tempted to look for psychological explanations for successes and failures, when the more convincing explanation is simply that people get lucky—and luck is fleeting.

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Talking About Money

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 30, 2016 in In Therapy
How do you cope with financial stress? Ever tried talking about it?

10 Factors Predicting Relapse

An understanding of the circumstances under which people fail at self-control can provide valuable insights into how to overcome self-control problems.

The Brexit Age Gap

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Were aged 65+ pro-Brexit voters trapped by nostalgia ?

Susan Silver: Job Justice

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Sensoria
We must help ex-offenders connect "with appropriate community resources to find jobs, housing, substance abuse, treatment, and mental health care."
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The Elephant in the Middle of Brexit

In a world built upon little trust outside your own POV, company, community or country, chances for collaboration, cooperation and even mere calm communication are slim to none

Why the Millennial Mindset Matters to Management

By Victor Lipman on June 25, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Millennials have “more permission to advocate for ourselves, rather than to silently comply with whatever directives are handed down.” What are the management implications?

Confused Britons Ask Google: "What Is the EU?"

By William Poundstone on June 24, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Voters need to know the issues to make wise choices. Digital tools show how uninformed many are.

Do You Tip Here? The Power of Compliance and Acceptance

By Kevin Bennett on June 22, 2016 in Modern Minds
Is tipping just an insincere act of outward conformity? Or is it a behavior performed by millions every day because of their own deeply held values of right and wrong?

A Nice Short Description of How to Manage Millennials

By Victor Lipman on June 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Hint: They don’t respond well to traditional command-and-control tactics.

Philadelphia’s Snack a Tax

Is a taxation to limit mastication ever justifiable or effective?
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Is It Better to Be Lucky or Good? Research Has the Answer.

By Thomas Gilovich, Ph.D., and Lee Ross, Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in The Wisest One in the Room
How important is luck in determining success in life? Studies show that it matters more than most people think.

Your Mindset Is Making Your Money Decisions for You

By Michael F. Kay on June 20, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Newsflash: your life is ruled by your mindset.

The Highest Priority Common Core

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 17, 2016 in Ambigamy
We all need to learn how to practice evenhanded rhetoric and critical thinking, to be able, like a trial lawyer, to make a persuasive case for or against any argument.

The 5 Most Common Reasons We Procrastinate

The path of least resistance isn't always the best path to take.

2 Reasons Growth Rate Numbers Can Mislead Us

Using incorrect measures & ignoring the base size can lead to wrong conclusions.
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5 Reasons People Fail to Follow Through on Health Goals

The most basic consequence of behaving inconsistently is that we are strangers to ourselves.

Go the Distance! From Distrust to Trust

Daily we see headlines that suggest we are becoming mired in distrust, at high cost to our organizations.

Popular Sociopathways

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 08, 2016 in Ambigamy
Some of us act like life is war, no room for negotiation, as if we won't survive unless we compete as aggressively as possible. How do we get like this? And could it happen to you?

How Can We Prevent Regret About Our Charity?

How can we prevent unscrupulous people from taking advantage of our charity?
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10 Reasons We Rush for Immediate Gratification

In the same way that preferences for food items differ across people, so do preferences for time.

A Letter to Therapists 2: Finance Language Lessons

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 06, 2016 in In Therapy
“If you knew my income, my debt, my bad decisions, my cover-ups, you definitely wouldn’t like me.”

The Snake, the Dog and the Calculator

By Diogo Gonçalves on June 03, 2016 in There Are Free Lunches
Online behavior: To persuade someone of something we need to target the three layers of the brain.

How Your Childhood Affects Your Money Today

By Michael F. Kay on June 02, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Your past holds the secret key to unlocking the reasons why you are either stumbling or strutting in your money life.

The Best Managers Keenly Understand the Power of Teamwork

By Victor Lipman on June 01, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A common challenge in the corporate world is low "collaboration EQ." But very little gets accomplished in business without the support of other people - often many other people.

Compassionate Health Care Is Wise Health Care

By Thomas Gilovich, Ph.D., and Lee Ross, Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in The Wisest One in the Room
Some worry that providing "compassionate care" to homeless patients in the ER might them more likely to use emergency services for conditions better treated elsewhere. It doesn't.

What Mr. Trump’s Success Teaches Us About Authentic Branding

An authentic brand is a powerful differentiator and persuades target customers. But it is difficult to pull off.

Debate Like It's 2028

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Ambigamy
Debates aren't won in the present but the future when outcomes are revealed. Here's a quick tip on how to shift a debate's focus to the future and what really counts.

A Letter to Therapists: Beware of Financial Stress

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on May 30, 2016 in In Therapy
Despite all of our research and experience, the field of psychology continues to ignore an issue hidden in plain sight.

Cracking the Shell for Better Money Habits

Well, you may approach money the same way I approached my breakfast: fumbling, stumbling, sometimes getting it right and sometimes complete disaster.

Will FDA’s Nutritional Label Changes Affect Buyer Behavior?

Studies about consumers’ use of nutrition labels suggest a need for skepticism.